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12-28-2005, 05:43 PM
12-28-2005, 07:02 PM
:eek: Be prepared, I wrote a BOOK!
I too have been transitioning to "raw" (since August). I too have had many backslides and binges along the way! (also a problem for me in the past when I was heavier)....I understand it's common and quitting SAD is similar to giving up drugs! A couple weeks ago I gave in to the pizza temptation at my son's slumber party (and a little too much wine- hey there were 5 12 year olds + my 5 kids!!!)...Anyway, I was "sick" for three days which was enough for me to "stay 100% raw" ever since! I am glad to have found this site too because I live in a very remote/rural area in (frigid) northern New York where I have yet to even SPEAK to another raw vegan let alone find a restaurant nearby! My (extended) family thinks I am a step away from the looney bin and at school (I'm a teacher) I pretty much eat in my classroom because my #1 pet peeve is to answer "WHAT ARE YOU EATING?" Like I said previously, I have 5 children. I would LOVE to have my entire family "go raw" but for now they will eat MORE fruit and vegetables + smoothies if I make everything for them....Now, if I could just get my husband to join in on the action we could transition right over....baby steps right?
I read that you tend to overdue the nuts? Try overdoing the fruit instead. I went a little overboard on nuts for awhile and found that they can be congestive (digestively) and way too easy to binge on! The advice I was given was to eat MORE FRUIT. Once I did I noticed craving the other things less....
I should mention that I am an endurance runner too. This whole transition to raw food goes totally against anything I've ever researched on endurance/stamina....but I love it. I no longer wonder why I was the only runner I knew STRUGGLING OBSESSIVELY to maintain an ideal running weight. Before running I weighed 185-190 lbs. (I'm 5'8") Once I got involved with running and losing weight I got down to 140-145 lbs. Unfortunately, I had a hard time maintaining it and got caught up in some unhealthy habits ultimately leading to both IBS and osteoporosis (and I'm only 38!)....against the advice of my doctors I shunned their drugs and began my own research. Voila, here I am....and for the record, I feel like I eat ALL THE TIME and weigh between 130 and 135 lbs now! The funny thing is I look healthier, not "emaciated" as I did when I obsessed and struggled....I FEEL FANTASTIC! I am doing the Disney Marathon next Sunday in Orlando. It will be my first "race" since going raw so I am anxious to see how I do! I feel great when I do my long runs but am concerned about now being able to fix my fruit salads/smoothies/green juices/green salads while on vacation...any suggestions? I am attempting to "make" some energy bars as we speak in our dehydrator to take for backup....and as far as you saying you didn't eat a lot of variety? I just like to keep it simple and concoct my own recipes as I go along. Blended salads look awful but taste delicious when all the flavors mix together.....and my favorite breakfast is frozen bananas whipped in my food processor to an ice cream consistency.....yummmmm....sorry I wrote such a BOOK here! Guess I am just so excited to not feel so alone in this (raw) world....
Now, in closing I want to inspire you about the exercising. When I registered to run my first marathon in 1999 I was much heavier. I joined the neurofibromatosis marathon team to raise $ for research for "NF" because my youngest child (Joshua) has it....First doctors told us "There is nothing you can do about NF....it's progressive....just wait and see how he fares...etc..." Once I learned of the NF Team I knew I had to do SOMETHING! So, with no knowledge or training I signed up! The first person that said (in a CONDESCENDING TONE I might add) YOU are going to do a marathon???? continues to be a small part of my inspiration today 8 marathons and 9 half marathons later! So, you can do it too....Go for a time limit, say 30 minutes....then build up from there....EVERY SINGLE STEP HELPS! And you'll feel great in the process...Let me know if you need any more tips in that department. It is my passion!
I really am finished now!!! :D
12-29-2005, 11:05 AM
Aww thanks Diantha. You sure know how to make a girl feel welcome. I appreciate the encouragement and you're so funny! I actually do have some questions about walking/running that I plan to ask in the exercise forum, so it's good to know you're a runner. :)
12-29-2005, 06:04 PM
Slow and steady wins the race! I started out by walking to train for my first marathon! I never would have dreamed that I would evolve into a distance runner! See you on the "exercise forum." :p
12-29-2005, 07:09 PM
Hi fellow Las Vegan!
We need to start some potlucks here, maybe after we find a couple more raw foodists here or at least some curious folks. I already have one at work going out and buying some raw and organic stuff... I went to the raw cafe when I first got the notion to go raw myself, but when I spoke with the owner, (acutally my husband did all the talking) he initially represented himself as all-raw, but later we found he's not and felt there was nothing wrong with eating cooked food here and there. Needless to say, it made us wonder if the food he was presenting as raw included cooked ingredients. With the exception of some of his desserts (so incredible, I tend to wonder about those too...) I'd rather just make stuff myself. I have about 6 raw uncook books, but I keep going back to simple recipes since sometimes ingredients are hard to find or I question just how much I can trust them. Do you have a dehydrator? It's great if you find fresh produce is rotting or molding before you can get to it. Also, you can make fruit leathers and all sorts of recipes with it. I have a mother in law that lives in Oregon and sends us goodies, so that really helps while we're stocking our cabinets, which has been pricey here in the desert in the winter. I had an aquaintence years ago that was raw, but it was too wierd a concept for me at the time. I wish The Raw Truth cafe was still open. I never got to try it out (that's where she had gotten her raw carrot cake from). My experience thus far (and it's only been 10 for me) is that 100% really isn't too much of a challenge, and it gets me all excited when I think of what wonderful changes I'm going to experience. Of course, vanity is a big factor right now, 'cos I have gained weight since I got married and I know eventually it will disappear. I guess when your mind is ready, it will be easy. That's how I'm feeling right now.
12-29-2005, 07:14 PM
I started typing hours ago, but I had many distractions and now see more here than before......
I also ran a marathon 2 years ago, partly why the weight issue is so big to me right now. I can't wait to get in shape again and do another, but this time not for charity (I'm not so interested in the fundraising part of the challenge!). Right now, I'm just trying to get the raw thing going strong before I add another thing to my busy schedule. I definitely need to exercise more though. Wow, you might have more support here in Vegas than you thought! Smile.
12-30-2005, 08:56 AM
Welcome to the forum Spirit. Love your user name. Thanks for the introduction, it helps us get to know you a little. We look forward to sharing your journey :)
12-30-2005, 11:57 AM
http://rawfoodtalk.com/forum/images/smilies/biggrin.gif Thanks everyone!
Spreli thanks for the info on Go Raw. That's a little disappointing.http://rawfoodtalk.com/forum/images/smilies/frown.gif
It's good to know you're a fellow Las Vegan http://rawfoodtalk.com/forum/images/smilies/smile.gif
12-30-2005, 12:16 PM
Welcome to the raw world, Spirit.
Diondra is a local raw teacher in Las Vegas. Her website is http://www.loveraw.com/ and she's just great -- very into alternative health and spirituality. She's totally committed to raw. I first met her at a raw ice cream party in Long Beach, and since then, we've done some other things together. She's actually driven from LV to Huntington Beach to take back organic tropical fruit to customers (a guy in San Diego has a tropical fruit farm). Anyway, she should definitely be able to help you connect to other raw foodists in Vegas. if you contact her, tell her you were referred by Diana in Southern California! By the way, she'll definitely know just how raw GoRaw is. I've always found raw food chefs to be totally honest when I ask them about their ingredients ... some absolutely do use ingredients that aren't truly raw but don't try to hide it.
Best of luck!!! What a transforming journey you're on!
I am new to LV as well and was wondering how transitioning to a raw food diet would work out logistically and financially. I am from the midwest where I could get vegetables and fruit cheap from the farmers markets, but I don't know any places like that here. If you know good places to buy affordable fruit and vegetables, I'd appreciate your passing it along to me! I have lived on the standard SAD all my life and am ready to change. Welcome to Las Vegas!
12-30-2005, 05:47 PM
:p OK...I'm jealous. Do I need to move to LasVegas to find a fellow raw foodist? I am in northern New York Redneck Country! I don't know ANY one "like us" here at all.....if there are others???? Maybe I need to start a new topic/thread in the meet and greet area??? think I will! I am glad you found some other locals Spirit. Best of luck!
01-09-2006, 06:57 PM
honestly, i just shop around, maybe go to one store early in the week, and go to another later in the week. i like my fruits and veggies to be very fresh, so i don't stockpile large amounts of anything. pretty much the prices are very similar, but i do like trader joes for larabars, basil, tomatoes and avocados and raspberries.... they're dollars cheaper than wild oats or even whole foods. also, sunflower market doesn't have much, but what they do have usually is the best price. the only exception was avocados. whole foods has the best nuts, i think. i forget where i get my coconuts for $1.50, but you'll find the prices can vary a lot and when you consume huge amounts of produce, it can add hundreds by the end of the month if you just shop one place. fortunately, i get goodie boxes from my mother in law in oregon, and i've considered mail order/internet. if you don't mind the little extra effort, it's worth it. i have been keeping my reciepts this month so i can get an idea how much this is gonna cost in the long run. i think that would be a good thread to start... regional cost comparisons!!!!
01-14-2006, 05:22 PM
I just spent 2 days in Las Vegas and we went to Go Raw twice. Yes, they've got cooked foods there yet, they have a full menu of raw; a lot of raw books and products and some great raw smoothies. IF you have a question on what they are serving (such as a raw burger w/ possibly cooked mayo, then ask, and you can ask to have it eliminated).
They have a salad bar there also for $6.99.
Since we can't readily find Nama Shoyu here ~ or have to order it and wait, we purchased a large bottle there and also some agave. They carry quite a selection of raw bars which I'm pretty sure are more expensive than TJ's yet, we saved the time as we didn't wish to drive out that far.
01-23-2006, 01:39 AM
There ARE other raw foodists there in Las Vegas.
If you haven't already done so, an easy way to start making contact is to go to www.loveraw.com -- Diondra's site, as I mentioned last month -- and take it from there.
There may already be potlucks that you can join in. And, if not, start your own. She has a mailing list ... hint, hint, hint.
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